U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, poses with his local security team before departing Manama International Airport in Manama, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP) (Associated Press)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — American diplomats are upbeat despite the government shutdown that has left many of them working without pay, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday. “Morale is good,” Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, one of the stops on his nine-nation tour of Middle East, as the shutdown was set to enter its fourth week. Almost half of the State Department employees in the United States and about one-quarter abroad have been furloughed during the shutdown. Pompeo called her a “force multiplier” who is looking at issues he might not otherwise have time to deal with.
Source: Washington Post January 12, 2019 15:51 UTC